Hemispheric Workshop “Future of work and new employment dynamics in the Americas”

Topics: 
LABOR
MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS
Use of information and communication technologies
Event date: 
05/16/2024 to 05/17/2024
Place: 
San José
Host Country: 
Costa Rica
Objectives: 

General objective:

  • Increase knowledge and strengthen the capacities of Ministries of Labor and social actors to enhance the opportunities and mitigate the risks posed by technological advances and climate change responses to the world of work.

Specific objectives:

  • Foster a regional debate on opportunities and challenges for the world of work brought upon by technological advances, particularly how they impact new forms of employment, and by the response to climate change.
  • Identify, exchange, and analyze policies and measures adopted by the Ministries of Labor to address new forms of employment derived from technological advances, and develop recommendations to ensure that they have positive effects on working conditions, labor rights, and labor relations.
  • Identify, exchange, and analyze initiatives of Ministries of Labor and social actors to address and mitigate the negative effects of climate change in the world of work, as well as enhance the contributions of the world of work towards achieving environmentally sustainable economies and societies.

  • Develop policy recommendations to guide the response of Ministries of Labor regarding new forms of employment and climate change and ensure that this response guarantees decent work and supports a just transition, while also providing new possibilities for those left on the margins of conventional labor markets.

 

Organizers: 

The Organization of American States, in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Costa Rica (MTSS) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Presentations: 

1st Session – Digital transformation in the world of work: challenges and opportunities

Guiding Questions for presentations and dialogue:
1.       What are the main challenges and opportunities that digital transformation and artificial intelligence pose for the future of work and labor relations, and how are they being addressed in your country?
2.       What policies, programs or initiatives has your Ministry developed to address the new forms of employment and self-employment that arise from the digital transformation, particularly gig work through digital platforms?

Moderator: 
Alexander Astorga, Vice-Minister of the Social Area, Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Costa Rica, Vice-Chair of the Working Group 1 of the IACML/OAS
Presentation by ILO, Tulio Cravo, Regional Specialist in Public Policies and Productivity, ILO Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean.
Presentation by the World Bank, Nadina Iacob, Digital Economy Consultant for report “Working across Borders: The Promise and Peril of Online Gig Work”.
Presentation by OECD, Stijn Broecke, Senior Economist in the Employment, Labor and Social Affairs Directorate of the OECD, leader of the Future of Work initiative.
Presentation by ECLAC, Andrés Espejo, Specialist of the Social Development Division.
Presentation by Colombia, Claudia Naranjo, Director of Employment Creation and Protection, Ministry of Labor
Presentation by Paraguay, Danilo Sanabria, Director of Opinions and Summaries of the General Directorate of Legal Advice, Ministry of Labor.
Presentation by Chile, Antonia Morales Vera, Advisor of the Minister of Labor.

2nd Session – Just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies

Guiding Questions for presentations and dialogue:
1. What policies, programs or initiatives has your Ministry developed to achieve a just transition and address the effects of climate change on the world of work?
Please consider actions to provide greater resilience to the world of work in the face of natural disasters, address “thermal stress,” promote green jobs, and improve training, skilling and re-skilling, among others.
2. What contributions can Ministries of Labor and social actors make to achieve environmentally sustainable economies and societies? Are they participating (and in which way) in major discussions at the national and regional level on climate change and sustainable development?

Moderator: 
Marcelo Tapia, Chief of International Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare of Chile, Chair of the Working Group 1 of the IACML/OAS.
Presentation by the OAS, Mark Lambrides, Director of the Department of Sustainable Development OAS-SEDI.
Presentation by ILO, Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Director of the Priority Action Programme on just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies.
Presentation by IDB, Dulce Baptista, Senior Specialist, Labor Markets and Social Security Division.
Presentation by Costa Rica, Vice-minister Juan Manuel Cordero, Vice-minister of the Social Area.